Farmed fresh fishery produce is becoming increasingly important in the Market. This is shown by statistical figures the wholesale centre has released. Fish-farming products accounted for only 4.1% (1,599 tonnes) of total fresh fish in 1990, but by 2012 the figure had climbed to 22.1% (8,911 tonnes).
The different institutions and organisations with a major role in the agrofood chain that form the Good Commercial Practices Code, including Mercabarna and the Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Dealers Association (AGEM), continue to work to define specific initiatives that will make it possible to improve sector operations and relations among the different agents in the chain.
A delegation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organisation that checks the safety of food, veterinary and medical products, visited Mercabarna on 6 March. Accompanied by representatives from the Catalan Food Safety Agency, the Mercabarna-based heads of the Barcelona Public Health Agency and the food estate’s managers, the visitors were shown the different health activities and checks performed in the Central Markets and in other businesses at the estate.
Offering ideas and solutions to Mercabarna businesses to help them cut their energy costs. This was the goal of the Energy Efficiency Congress organised on 7 March by the food estate, via the Barcelona Food Cluster Association, and the Catalonia Energy Efficiency Cluster, and which drew around sixty attendees.